We’re Home!!!

July 10, 2008

http://blog.shoppingnotes.com is our new home (well, should have been our home in the first place).

Everything has been moved over and we’ll start publishing in our new location from now on. 

Please come over and check us out!


J Brand Cuff Short

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Anlo Bethany Short
                                 

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Pierce Jeans Frayed Capri      

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Seven For All Mankind Edie Flood Jean

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Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Short 

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Deener Mixer Mini in Carbon

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Casauri Portfolio Valise multiple colors $70

Casauri laptop brief multiple colors $95

Laptop bags KYDD – white daffodil $485 (on sale from ~$1000)

ACMEMADE The Slim multiple colors $79.99-$109.99 based on size

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Salvatore Ferragamo Revival Laptop Case $1500

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Melissa Beth Laptop Totes and Sleeves $165

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Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Madeleine GM $1050

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Titan Luggage X2 18″ laptop case multiple colors $309.95

$20 Off When You Spend Over $100 at eBags.com

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Titan Luggage 360 Four 17 business case $339.95

$20 Off When You Spend Over $100 at eBags.com

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Mina Briefcase by Abbi New York multiple colors $89.00

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If you already have a ShoppingNotes.com account, you’ll be asked to log in (with your email and password) when you click on the “Save in my shoppingnotes” and “Set price alert” links.

If you don’t have a ShoppingNotes.com, you can just enter your email address at the log in page, a verification email will be sent to you afterwards. Once you verify your email address, the product will be saved in your shoppingnotes (or price alert will be set on that product).

Yahoo! SearchMonkey, Yahoo!’s initiative to open up its search engine for third-party developers to add more flavors to the currently text-only search results, sounded like such a great idea that we jumped in as soon as we heard about it.

ShoppingNotes.com is the only one in the world, as far as we know, who has the Semantic Web technology that can scrape, uh, I mean, extract the product image and price out of any product page URL from any merchant site. So wouldn’t it make a lot of sense to use this technology to show these product images and prices right on the first search result pages? One of our SearchMonkey applications ShoppingNotes Enhanced Result does just that. To see it in action:

  1. Click on this link http://gallery.search.yahoo.com/application?smid=NLh.s.
  2. Click on Add Enhanced Results on the right to allow ShoppingNotes Enhanced Result to be shown in Yahoo! search results. You will be asked to sign in to a Yahoo! account if you haven’t.
  3. Search for products on Yahoo! Search, especially “soft goods” (clothing, shoes, bags, etc.) products, for example, donna karan dress, dior bag, christian louboutin sandal, giuseppe zanotti sandal, and so on.

If your search results have URLs coming from the over 80 merchant sites (see here for the full list) that we currently support for Search Monkey, you will see our cute little ShoppingNotes.com logo showing up below those results, which means our ShoppingNotes Enhanced Result has been triggered to show the product images and prices.

Due to SearchMonkey’s current limitations, the first time you do a search, our ShoppingNotes Enhanced Result may be folded and you’ll need to click on the blue little downward triangle to pull it down. If you repeat that search, the product images and prices are supposed to show up automatically, without you having to click through one by one to see them all, like in this picture below:

 

So what are the benefits? Well, that’s obvious. This SearchMonkey application combines search engine’s quality in ranking, relevance, and authority with comparison shopping engine’s richer product information on one search result page. Product images and prices certainly make search results more useful and attractive and therefore encourage click-throughs. Compare these enhanced results to the same searches on Yahoo! Shopping or other comparison shopping engines, and you’ll see comparison shopping engines are still pretty weak and incomplete in these “soft goods” searches.

Today there are still far more people using search engines than comparison shopping engines for shopping. Enhancements on search results like this are going to benefit essentially the entire user base of Yahoo! Search. What’s more, there is no need for merchant sites to add semantic tags (like microformat, RDF, etc.) to their existing web pages or tweak their existing systems. It just works with what we have today, not what we will have. The list of supported merchant sites can also be easily extended to include any merchant sites by simply adding more trigger URL patterns. No need to re-do the scraping information extracting work for each new merchant site as ShoppingNotes.com automatically takes care of that.

We also have another SearchMonkey application ShoppingNotes Combo, which shows product images and prices plus two convenient links to save to My Shopping Notes and to set price alerts. You can follow the same 3-step instructions above for this link http://gallery.search.yahoo.com/application?smid=fCD.s to try it out. Because this application contains links pointing to a domain different from those of the URLs in the search results, SearchMonkey requires that you click on the little blue downward triangle to pull it down.

We know the current implementation may not be perfect, due to SearchMonkey’s limitations on applications that call outside web services (as in our case). Ideally our scraper information extractor could be run at the time the search engine crawler fetches a copy from the URLs, but that would make the whole things very complicated. Nevertheless, SearchMonkey still has a pretty good start. I enjoyed working on SearchMonkey applications. And I want to give the SearchMonkey team a big applause for their innovation and execution (I was told the SearchMonkey project went from ideas to completion within only 6 months), especially Amit Kumar, the SearchMonkey product manager, who always gives quick responses in the developer group, and Paul Tarjan, the Chief Technical Monkey, who replied to my post around 02:00 in the morning.

As Microsoft just announced the acquisition of PowerSet, a Semantic Web search engine, I guess we are in the beginning to see more and more Semantic Web technology being applied to search. We at ShoppingNotes.com are proud of our Semantic Web technology, and we just showed a way our technology can be used to improve search. I think we are in an interesting position as all we do is about shopping. After all, as Michael Arrington puts it, e-commerce searches are all that matters, aren’t they?

Update: Yahoo! just announced BOSS, which opens up even more of their search platform. Looks like Yahoo! is serious about this open approach. Bravo!

Manual Trackback: We just got featured as the first one on the official Yahoo! Search blog The Latest Cool SearchMonkey Apps. Thanks!

I really want to urge everyone to go take a look at Barneys online store’s shoe section, they’re having unbelievable sale prices (in the $200 -$300 range) on the best-looking shoes.  But their links are totally mixed up – if I click on the Manolo Blahnik Pumamod picture on their website, it’ll lead me to a pair of Givenchy Thong slide.  Not sure what’s going on,  only the newest additions to the shoe page seem to have correct links.  Check out the YSL Tribute Sandal in gold from $790 to $315!  If you’re a lucky size 7.5 or 9, then grab them quickly before J. Lo does!  (Recently saw a picture of her walking down the stairs with the Tribute sandal while carrying her baby.  If you ask me, I would say don’t try that at home!)

I will add some other sale items to this post later today. Stay tuned!

When I first heard about a man selling his life on Ebay, I thought it was quite funny. Then I read his Alife4sale blog, and realized it’s not something to laugh about.

Somehow I can relate to what he was talking about, even though I never lived in Australia or had a wife.  There must be a moment in everyone’s life that one just wants to walk away with nothing but a passport.   Reading the details in his auction saddens me in some unexplainable way. A dog, house, several vehicles and some furniture, is that what our complicated life boils down to??

Now the auction has ended, he started a new blog called 100goals100weeks, in which he listed all the things he plans to do after handing his past to a complete stranger. Some of the goals made me smile. Things like “visit San Francisco” and “dive with the whales” remind me of what I said I wanted to do when I grow up. 

Maybe for the rest of us, it doesn’t need to take an ebay sale to realize some of our childhood dreams. And now is the time to do it…

Vivre is offering a 3-day only extra 20% off their sale items, use code VEXTRA20.

Here’re my picks from the sale (price listed below are pre-20% discount):

 

 

rhinestone sandal $227                    python embossed T-strap sandal $507

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black giraffe clasp maillot $220         crinkled chiffon blouse $227
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small croc tote $1225                      leather mirror shoulder bag $836

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The save to my shoppingnoteslink and set price alert link will save the item into your shoppingnotes and set price alert on the item. 
After you click on these links, you’ll be asked to log in. If you don’t have a ShoppingNotes account, just enter your email address – an email will be sent to you for verification.